Last holiday weekend, I was able to create and organize my nude shelf, and thus get the comparisons all lined up properly.  I’m doing this one first cos Miss MC has been very patient with me, awaiting her varnish parcel since two seasons ago.  Now, MC, I can finally send you the vintage version of OPI TMF for your growing collection!  Take a glimpse of these beauties and enjoy the show, the first in a lengthy series.

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Milani Vanilla Almond, Revlon Gray Suede (Marchesa LE version), OPI Tickle My France-y 2009, Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version), Colorama Chic Pele

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version), Colorama Chic Pele, Finger Paints Whatta Dish, OPI Tickle My France-y 2013, KleanColor 49 Mocha

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1 – Milani Vanilla Almond

2 – Revlon Gray Suede (Marchesa LE version)

3 – OPI Tickle My France-y 2009

4 – Colorama Chic Pele

5 – Finger Paints Whatta Dish

6 – OPI Tickle My France-y 2013

7 – KleanColor 49 Mocha

8 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version)*

*added this after remembering having done a Skittles mani with it, OPI TMF 2009, and Deborah Lippmann Modern Love (which I no longer own and am attempting to re-obtain).  RBL Grunge fits best among these where I’ve placed it in the bottle lineup images, or between 3 and 4 on the nail wheel…

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These are the three shimmers of the lineup:  Revlon Gray Suede, RBL Grunge (original version), and Finger Paints Whatta Dish.  Revlon and RBL look like PFFs in the bottle; Gray Suede is just a tad warmer/peachier on the nail wheel, while Grunge is more neutral flesh-toned and greyer… but not by much!  FP has a lot more silver microshimmer than its neighbors and leans pinky-mauve-er.  See last nail wheel photo for reference; it’s the most color accurate.

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I can’t remember what year the OPI France collection actually came out, maybe it was 2008.  But I bought my first version of TMF in 2009 and didn’t use it until four years later.  I didn’t like it at all in 2013 (when I did the aforementioned Skittles mani), yet noticed that my eye always gravitated to it immediately in shops, even those with massive OPI displays. I also noticed that the one in the shops seemed much more attractive than my thin, sicklier version at home.  It was definitely mauver, for one thing.  So I purchased it, kicking myself for now owning two bottles of a varnish I don’t even like (at the time, I was also trying to get rid of RBL Grunge and Deborah Lippmann Modern Love, and had long ago swapped Revlon Gray Suede, which I repurchased just this year).

When organizing my new nude shelf, I could not tell the two TMFs apart and only upon opening each for swatching could I tell which was the 2009 version, since I used it once and 2013 is still untried!  My verdict is that 2013 does indeed lean the slightest bit mauver in the bottle and on the nail wheel.  Also, the formula is more opaque and smoother than 2009.  My two centimes.  🙂

xx blueberry milk tea